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Power Soccer is the fastest growing sport for power wheelchair users. The sport was originally developed in France in the early 70’s and was introduced to the United States in the early 80’s. Since then many countries created their own version of the sport which led to an international meeting in Paris, France 2005. It was the vision of the six countries that attended to create an international organization and unify the rules for international competition. The international organization, "Federation International de Powerchair Football Association" was born. This development led to the formal organization of the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) in 2006.

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Sun Devils to Compete in 2014 Premier Cup

Gabe Trujillo

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Sun Devil Power Soccer Club to Compete in 2014 MK Battery Premier Cup

Local athletes with disabilities set to compete for the 2014 USPSA National Championship.

MESA, AZ – For some of the power soccer athletes, this sport is their only chance at experiencing the spirit of competition.  For others, it’s a second chance at being a true athlete. Either way, this sport is changing the perspective of people with disabilities. If you want to see power soccer in person, the Sun Devil Power Soccer Club will be competing in the 2014 MK Battery Premier Cup tournament at Inspire Courts AZ in Mesa, AZ. The three-day tournament will be held June 26-28, 2014 and will feature the top power soccer teams from across the country.

Power soccer is a popular sport for people with disabilities and requires the use of an electric wheelchair. The game is similar to able-bodied soccer in the fact that players are trying to dribble a soccer ball with their chairs into a goal. The game is played on a basketball court with four players from each team on the court at a time. This sport is quickly becoming the world's fastest-growing adaptive sport, with teams being developed across the globe and even starting an official World Cup tournament.

The Sun Devil Power Soccer club is currently in the United States Power Soccer Association Premier Conference and is ranked among the top 10 teams in the country. There are five members on the squad, consisting of community members, current students and ASU alumni. This is the final tournament of the season for the Sun Devils; the club finished the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record and a first-place finish during the 2014 PowerBlast tournament this past March.

The Sun Devil Power Soccer Club was established in 2010.  The Mission of the power soccer club is to promote the adaptive electric wheelchair sport of power soccer on campus and the surrounding community. Their goal is to encourage participation among the community, both on and off campus.

For more information and interview requests, contact Team Captain Gabe Trujillo at 480-540-5727 or asupowersoccer@gmail.com. You can learn more about the tournament and power soccer by visiting the official tournament page on our website. 

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PowerBlast 14 Recap

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The incredible sport of power soccer took center stage this past weekend at the SpoFit for the 2014 PowerBlast tournament.

Seven teams participated in the tournament for a chance to showcase this electric wheelchair sport to fans in the Valley, including five from Arizona and the RHI Sudden Impact from Indiana and the SoCal Vaqueros from California. The event ran all weekend and the athletes definitely put on an excellent show.

The Sun Devil Power Soccer Club showed why they are one of the best teams in the country, going undefeated during the PowerBlast tournament and taking 1st place in Pool A. Along with taking the top spot, Sun Devil athlete Jordan Dickey took home Pool A MVP. While the Sun Devils showcased the incredible skill and strategy of the USPSA's Premier Conference, many who attended couldn't help but take notice of Arizona Heat Destroyers athlete Joshua Harrott.

Harrott has only been playing power soccer for a few months, but he's already shown amazing ball handling skills and court leadership during his first official tournament. In probably the most thrilling match of the weekend, Harrott scored four goals against the SpoFit Spark, including the go-ahead goal with only seconds left in the game. It didn't take long for everyone to see that Harrott has a bright future ahead in power soccer as he earned Pool B MVP.

From the athletes to the fans, everyone who attended this year's tournament enjoyed the festivities and matches. Power Soccer is an amazing sport for people with disabilities and it looks like it will continue to grow in the Valley. If you missed PowerBlast this year, you can still catch some power soccer matches in person this June 26-28 as the Sun Devil Power Soccer Club competes in the 2014 USPSA Premier Conference Cup.

Help Get Power Soccer on ESPN

Gabe Trujillo

By: Sun Devil Power Soccer Club Team Captain Gabe Trujillo

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You won't see us playing in sold-out arenas. When we score incredible goals, we aren't surrounded by thousands of screaming fans. Our star athletes aren't compensated with large, seven-figure contracts. Those who play power soccer are truly involved simply because of their love of sports. 

For those who aren't aware of power soccer, the sport is designed for athletes with disabilities who use electric wheelchairs. Power soccer is played on a regulation basketball court with four players on each team on the court. The goal is simple; through dribbling and passing, score as many goals as you can. Much of the attributes of power soccer are mimicked from its able-bodied counterpart. You'll find a goal box with a goalie, corner kicks and even yellow and red cards. Throughout the years, power soccer has  significantly evolved into a fast-paced, exciting sport to watch and play. 

While many outside of the world of disability have yet to experience the sport, power soccer is one of the fastest-growing adaptive sports in the world. Not only does the U.S. have it's own power soccer league, there are teams across the globe and it's giving people with disabilities a true chance to become competitive athletes once again or for the very first time. Because of its incredible growth around the globe, a World Cup tournament has been created and the U.S. Team has won the Gold in the first two events in Japan and France. It is truly remarkable just how far the sport has grown and how much it can still be developed. 

Power soccer has been around for many years, and I believe it's time for this sport to make it to the mainstream. Adaptive sports are an incredible experience, not just for the athletes, but for the fans as well. If people found out just how amazing power soccer really is, I think this sport will see exponential growth. 

So this is where you come in. 

I have started the hashtag campaign, #GetPowerSoccerOnESPN to spur awareness and see if we can get mainstream coverage of a power soccer event. Online media is an incredible tool and I believe this campaign can help us get noticed. Using the hashtag on your favorite social networks, talk about why you think we need to get power soccer on ESPN and share images and videos of power soccer events in your towns.

The power soccer community is an incredible one, and we have the power to show everyone what they're missing. Of course, none of this will work without your support. Please encourage everyone you know to utilize the #GetPowerSoccerOnESPN hashtag as often as possible. Hopefully if we garner enough support, we can get the attention of ESPN. Our main goal is to see if we can get the network to cover our PowerBlast Tournament in Tempe Feb. 28 - March 2, or our National USPSA Premier Cup Championship Tournament in Mesa, AZ this June.

For now, please join our campaign and help us give the sport the notoriety it deserves.

If you'd like more information on power soccer, please visit www.powersoccerusa.net or www.sundevilpowersoccer.com. 

Player Profile: Gabe Trujillo

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Name: Gabe Trujillo
Years Playing Power Soccer: 8
Joined USPSA: September 2005

 

How did you hear about power soccer?

I was writing a story on adaptive sports for the newspaper at Arizona State University and was introduced to power soccer by the recreation therapist. After attending a local practice and writing the story, I knew I had to join the sport.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?

I enjoy the competitiveness of the sport. As a kid, I was an avid athlete and loved sports. I thought my days of being an athlete were over after becoming a quadriplegic, but power soccer has rejuvenated my competitive spirit.

What do you do for a living?

I am a Digital Specialist for a Marketing company in Scottsdale, AZ. I also do freelance writing and website design.

What is your favorite power soccer accomplishment?

I’d have to say finishing 3rd in the country in 2013. We had an amazing season and had great team chemistry all year. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings…

2013 Premier Cup Recap

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With an undefeated regular season and a first-place finish at the 2013 PowerBlast tournament, hopes and expectations were high for the Sun Devil Power Soccer Club as they entered the 2013 Premier Conference Cup.

Held at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN, the top nine teams in the United States Power Soccer Association competed against each other for a chance at a National Championship. For three days, the Sun Devils and the rest of the teams showcased their skills in pursuit of the 2013 Premier Cup first-place trophy.

If the Devils were going to emerge victorious with the Premier Cup title, they would undoubtedly have to go through the defending National Champions, the Minnesota Magic or the perennial power house, the Circle City Rollers. It was no easy task, but the Devils were up for the challenge.

During pool play, the Sun Devils showed that they came to play, going undefeated with wins against the Tampa Thunder, BORP Bay Earthquakes and CNY United. The entire team showed great resolve and determination as the playoff rounds begun.

After earning a first-round bye, the Sun Devils met up against the Minnesota Magic in the Semi-Finals. The two teams met earlier in the regular season in Ft. Wayne, IN and played to a thrilling 3-3 tie, the Devils only non-win of the season. If their earlier match-up was any indication, fans were in for a real treat.

And both teams didn't disappoint.

From the opening whistle, the action was fast-paced and back and forth as a total of 15 goals were scored during the match. It was a close-fought battle for most of the game, but Minnesota pulled away in the end with a 9-6 win. It was the first loss of the season for the Devils and their National Title hopes ended one game short of the Championship match.

But it wasn't over quite yet for the Sun Devils as their final match was against the Turnstone Flyers for third place. The Devils rebounded nicely after their rough semi-final match, quickly pulling away from the Flyers and coming away with a 6-1 win and the third-place trophy.

The third-place finish is the highest finish ever in the Premier Cup for the Devils and the trophy wasn't the only hardware the team walked away with during the tournament. Club athletes and siblings Katie and Jordan Dickey were named to the inaugural 2013 Premier Cup All-Tournament team.

All in all, it was a solid performance by the Sun Devils. The team will build on their successful 2013 season and definitely be a contender for the 2014 Premier Conference Championship.

Until next time, GO DEVILS!

The Second Youth Clinic was a Success

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The Sun Devil Power Soccer Club participated in the second Youth Power Soccer Clinic at the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center this weekend. More than 10 new aspiring power soccer players attended the event to learn more about the sport.

Head Coach Dave Trujillo and club athletes Gabe Trujillo, Tony Jackson and Katie Dickey showed attendees the ins and outs of this great wheelchair sport.

Those who attended the event participated in several drills and scrimmages to get familiar with power soccer. All in all, the clinic was a huge success!

If you would like to participate in the next power soccer clinic in July, visit www.spofit.org.

The Inaugural Season of ASU Power Soccer is in the Books!

ASU Power Soccer

As many of you know, this year, ASU welcomed the exciting sport of power soccer to it's campus. After several years of discussions and searching, we were finally able to recruit enough athletes to field a full squad and become an official team of the United States Power Soccer Association. Our club was comprised of a great mix of veterans and newcomers to power soccer, and everyone on the team was eager to see how we stacked up against the creame of the USPSA crop. 

Throughout the year, we practiced every week at the SRC at ASU in preparation of our league games and tournaments. As each practice came and went, we continued to develop our skills and chemistry with each other. Overall, the season was a great success. We finished the regular season with a 10-4 record. At the 2011 Premier Cup in Atlanta, GA, we finished in 7th place. It wasn't as high as we hoped, but we will continue to get better and come back even stronger in the 2012 season. For now, we will rest up and recharge so we can return to Tempe in the fall and look to build on our inaugural season.

Stay tuned for more updates on the 2011-2012 season in the coming months.

Thank you and Go Devils,
Gabe Trujillo, President
ASU Power Soccer Club

2011 Premier Cup Recap

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After a long season, it was time to test our skills against the best of the best. Over the past few months, we have spent countless hours practicing and sharpening our skills in preparation for one thing: The 2011 USPSA Premier Cup.

This past June, the ASU Power Soccer Club made its way down to Atlanta, GA to participate in the first Premier Conference Cup Tournament. The top 10 teams in the USPSA were invited to participate in the tournament, and we were eager to see how we staked up against the cream of the power soccer crop.

This tournament was also the first Conference Cup to be played under the new USPSA Conference realignment. Instead of having two divisions for the league’s 60 teams, the USPSA is now split into six different conferences, with the best teams in the league being placed in the Premier Conference.

Under the new alignment, the Sun Devils were placed in the top conference. While it was only our first season playing together for Arizona State University, we had several power soccer veterans and had enough skill to hold our own against the best the conference had to offer.

From the minute we arrived in Atlanta, we were eager to get the tournament started. After months of preparation, this is what we play for, a chance at a National title. For three straight days, we competed against top teams like the 2010 National Champions, Circle City Rollers, and perennial title contenders, the Atlanta Synergy. All of the teams showed great improvement and the competition level was at a level I’ve never seen before. Most of the games were decided by two goals or less and were filled with intense, non-stop action.

In the end, the ASU Sun Devils earned seventh place in our inaugural season. While we didn’t finish as high as we hoped, our team played with great heart, determination and respect. So now we return home to continue to build on our successful 2011 season. For now, we will focus on improving and aim to return to the 2012 Premier Cup better than before. Even though the season is over, four words will drive us to new heights into next season:

Wait ‘til next year...

If you would like to stay up to date with ASU’s power soccer club, please follow the ASU Power Soccer Club on Facebook and Twitter, or visit their website at www.asupowersoccer.com.

ASU Power Soccer Club Puts on Benefit Golf Tournament

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With the temperature living in the low 80s and a steady breeze blowing across the course, more than 60 golfers made their way out to The Links at Queen Creek Golf Course for the annual AZDS Power Soccer Benefit Golf Tournament this past April.

For the fourth consecutive year, power soccer athlete Gabe Trujillo and his family help coordinate the event in an effort to raise funds for the power soccer program at Arizona Disabled Sports (AZDS). This year, the money raised from the tournament went to help cover traveling and registration expenses for the Arizona State University Power Soccer Club as they traveled to the USPSA Premier Cup Tournament in Atlanta, GA in June.

This was the club’s inaugural season and their first major tournament as a team. All of the ASU athletes are current students or graduates and are members of AZDS. The team was eager to attend the tournament and the money raised from the golf tournament would help them get there.

Jack Nicklaus himself could have asked for better weather. Everything seemed to fall in place for an absolutely amazing day out on the links. All the golfers were in great spirits and enjoyed spending a relaxing and fun-filled day on the course to support a great cause.

After the tournament, all of the golfers were treated to a barbecue and awards ceremony to award prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Raffle prizes were also handed out during lunch as well.

All in all, the entire tournament was a complete success. Everyone had a great time and the club raised more than $4,000 for their trip to Atlanta.

If you would like to learn more about next year’s tournament, please follow the ASU Power Soccer Club on Facebook and Twitter, or visit their website at www.asupowersoccer.com.

ASU Power Soccer Placed in Premier Conference

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The USPSA has released its new conference alignment, and the ASU Power Soccer Club is placed in the new Premier Conference. This conference is the highest and most competitive division in the USPSA. All of the teams in this division are considered to be the best power soccer teams in the United States. Our placement in this division is a testament to the skill and dedication shown by each athlete on the squad. We will continue to work hard as we compete for the 2010 Premier Conference Championship.

Here is a look at the rest of the Premier Conference teams.

Premier Conference:

  1. Circle City Rollers
  2. Atlanta Synergy
  3. San Jose Steamrollers
  4. Tampa Thunder
  5. RHI Sudden Impact
  6. BORP Earthquakes
  7. Arizona Heat 3rd Degree
  8. Ball State Cardinals
  9. Atlanta Tigers
  10. Tampa Bay Crossfire
  11. Arizona State Sun Devils